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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT


My Strengths Training for Life (MST4Life)

Impact case

As applied academics, achieving and monitoring the impact of our research is part of what we do. This impact case provides an overview of the MST4Life programme and how it has influenced young people, organisational practices, and the issue of youth homelessness.
At the end of this page, you will also find out how we raise awareness of our research and influence practice and policy through published guidance.

Introduction to the mst4life project

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This evaluation was conducted by Birmingham Business School, which examined the extent to which the MST4Life (and BOOST) programme has changed the trajectories of homeless young people who were NEET, and the cost benefit of these programmes.

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A policy briefing describing the background and impact of the MST4Life programme

MST4Life policy briefing

An overview of the novel approach taken by the MST4Life is provided in this case study published by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network

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St Basils, a youth homelessness charity, published this guidance to help organisations better support young people who have had involvement with the criminal justice system, including reference to delivery of MST4Life as part of their transformational services


The MST4Life is featured in this toolkit as an example of best practice in helping young people, particularly those experiencing common mental health problems, to gain and stay in work.

Closing the employment gap for young people
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An influential review of homelessness research that mentions the MST4Life programme 

Youth Homelessness in the UK: A Review for the OVO Foundation